Sunday, July 31, 2016

Three Etawah safari Asiatic lions vaccinated against deadly disease

Kanpur: Vaccination of Asiatic lions has started at Etawah Lion Safari after lioness Girishma was reported to be suffering from the deadly canine distemper disease.

So far three lions have been vaccinated to prevent the deadly viral disease from spreading further. The vaccination was carried out by wildlife experts from St Diego Zoo of the US who visited the safari on Monday, safari officials informed TOI.

"The safari has three lions (Manan, Gigo and Pataudi) and four lionesses (Heer, Kunwari, Girishma and Jessica). So far Heer, Gigo and Pataudi have been vaccinated to prevent the virus from spreading further," said safari director Sanjay Srivastava.

According to safari officials, the other lions will also undergo vaccination soon while Girishma is undergoing treatment in isolation.

"Experts from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, have alerted us about the attack of the deadly virus on the remaining lions. We had a long discussion with experts of St Diego, including Andrew Blue, regarding Girishma. The lioness is not in a condition to undergo vaccination," said an official. Safari sources on Tuesday said senior veterinarians from IVRI and Mathura, including Dr Arvind Tripathi, Dr Gaurav Srivastava, are attending on the ailing Asiatic lioness under the supervision of Dr S Bhua. Girishma fell ill on July 5.

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pls save our lions . good move.yash

In the last 20 months, the lion safari project of the state government has reported nine deaths -- four adults (two lions and two lionesses) and five cubs. The deaths have been linked to canine distemper virus, which also affects dogs.

Recently, the authorities had carried out a vaccination drive among stray and domestics dogs in villages around the safari.

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